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contents 02 MAKING AN IMPACT BEYOND THE LAB

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06 DEDICATION TO THE FIGHT AGAINST DISEASE

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08 ADVANCING THE AI WORK

10 The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public sector agency that spearheads mission-oriented research. Beyond developing cutting-edge technology and fostering talent, we drive innovation by promoting collaborations between our researchers and industry. We help industry partners position themselves competitively for the future and assist local enterprises to evolve and grow in a fast-changing economy, while providing support to aspiring entrepreneurs. In this issue of Talent Times, we shine the spotlight on talents who work with industry partners to advance capabilities and those who have become entrepreneurs spinning off their own companies as a result of research developments. With varying interests and personalities, our pool of diverse talent share a common goal − to impact lives through science and together build a better future. Read on to find out more about their inspiring journeys!

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MAKING AN IMPACT BEYOND THE LAB DR HO WEN QI Associate, Lightstone Singapore Pte Ltd

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rom a young age, Dr Ho Wen Qi knew that science was her calling. Her passion eventually led her from the classroom to the lab to the corporate world – all made possible by the A*STAR National Science Scholarship. “It provided me with a great opportunity to pursue my interests in biomedical research.”

various industry project leads gave her a first-hand glimpse into the alternative paths beyond academic science and sparked a strong appreciation of what scientific training can achieve. “I realised that there are opportunities to apply what I’ve learned from my scientific training to careers outside of academia.”

Upon graduating from Stanford University, she joined the A*STAR Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) as a Research Fellow where she delved into allergies and asthma while fronting public education programmes, exhibitions and other events.

With her desire to enrich her experiences beyond labs and contribute to Singapore’s life science ecosystem, she leapt at the chance for a secondment to Lightstone Singapore, which invests in early stage life science start-ups. Since November 2015, she has been elbow-deep in exploring potential

Her interactions with fellow scientists, clinicians and

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WEN QI’S TIPS FOR EXPLORING CAREER OPTIONS BEYOND THE LAB

Network with people outside of academia by building new relationships with people in the fields you are interested in.

Gain experience outside the lab, whether through secondments, fellowships or simply volunteering your time.

investments, identifying commercial opportunities from academic science and networking with the movers and shakers in Singapore’s life sci